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Latest Government Accountability Office Items
  • Illustration: Global warming by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Global warming greed

    It's only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. Politicians from both parties have been so afraid of being labeled a "denier" that they'll vote for any piece of legislation bearing the trendy green label. The numbers are adding up fast.

  • Illustration: Big Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Big government expectations

    The government has grown so large that nobody really knows where its $3.8 trillion in annual spending goes. Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) tries - and fails - to make sense of federal-agency ledgers. On Thursday, GAO refused once again to certify the official balance sheets because they are so shoddily kept.

  • **FILE** President Obama meets Feb. 14, 2012, with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the White House. (Associated Press)

    Audit: Government still wasting 'tens of billions' each year

    A year after the government's chief investigators identified 81 areas where the government double-spends or could cut costs, President Obama and Congress have solved just four of them, the Government Accountability Office said in a follow-up report Tuesday.

  • The Washington Times

    DeCLEENE: Eliminating dollar bill would diminish first president's legacy

    Presidents Day is a holiday dedicated to commemorating George Washington, the father of our nation. Ironically, as we celebrate this moment, America is in danger of losing another remembrance for our first president: the $1 bill.

  • Illustration by Mark Weber for The Washington Times

    SCHATZ: Help wanted, a president who knows how to manage

    "Huge organization with serious financial management problems seeks a CEO to make tough decisions in order to avoid bankruptcy." The federal government should be running this want ad in response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) annual audit of federal agency financial statements, released last month.

  • WALKER: Washington must face fiscal reality

    There is a reason the comptroller general of the United States serves the longest term of appointment in government aside from certain judges, who have lifetime appointments. It's because the person who is responsible for heading the Government Accountability Office (GAO) plays an essential and nonpartisan role in assessing the federal government's performance and reporting on the government's financial condition and future outlook.

  • ** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

    Feds use video surveillance to catch fraud for workers' comp

    The husband and wife postal workers at a North Carolina mail-sorting plant were out of work and collecting disability benefits when they first came under surveillance.

  • Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, asked for the government report that found that illegal immigrants caused a large percentage of the wildfires that have scarred areas of the Southwest along the border with Mexico. (Associated Press)

    Report blames fires on border crashers

    Illegal immigrants started nearly 40 percent of human-caused wildfires along the Arizona and Mexico border between 2006 and 2010, according to a new government report that backs up claims state lawmakers made during this year's catastrophic blazes.

  • A plane drops slurry near houses after a fire sparked on Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on June 17, 2011. (Associated Press/Arizona Daily Star)

    GAO: Illegal immigrants caused nearly half of border fires

    Illegal immigrants started nearly 40 percent of human-ignited wildfires along the U.S.-Mexico border between 2006 and 2010, according to a new government report that gives new credence to claims Arizona lawmakers made earlier this year during catastrophic blazes in the Southwest.

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